Missouri Mother Offers Car In Exchange For Daughter’s Kidnapping

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Missouri woman is facing seven felony charges after allegedly offering her car to two men in exchange for kidnapping her 1-year-old daughter from the girl’s father at gunpoint.

Elise D. Deboutez, 27, was charged with attempted child kidnapping, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and burglary.

She allegedly failed in an attempt to kidnap her daughter on Oct. 19 from the Joplin home of her father, Christopher “Chad” Hamilton, 38.

In August, Hamilton was awarded emergency temporary custody of their daughter.

Deboutez met Ron King, 21, and Tayvon Smith, 22, at a party a week before the planned kidnapping, according to testimony from Joplin Police Det. Chip Root.

Deboutez admitted that she offered the men her car, an Audi worth $5,000 to $7,000, Root said.

Investigators believe she was waiting in a parked car while Smith and King, armed with guns, broke into Hamilton’s home.

Hamilton, armed with his own gun, and his daughter hid a bedroom. They heard two shots and then the suspects fled.

Investigators say the suspects shot twice into a closet. No one was injured.

At a preliminary hearing in January, Hamilton said others had warned him that Deboutez was trying to hire someone to kill him.

Deboutez is scheduled to appear in court March 17.

Smith and King were previously bound over for trial on the same seven counts as Deboutez.

Sources: KMOV, Joplin Globe